Two of the most commonly stored items in self storage units are furniture and mattresses. We all end up changing or upgrading mattresses and furniture at various points throughout our lives, so it makes sense that these items often end up in storage. They are also, however, two of the most common items to find stored incorrectly. For those planning on putting furniture or a mattress into a storage unit, below are some of the reasons it pays to wrap both of these items before putting them away for any length of time.
When putting your items into furniture storage, you should always wrap them up to avoid damaging the pieces themselves, or any other objects around them. If you decide to put multiple pieces of furniture away into storage, only to decide a couple of months later that something has to come out, do so very carefully. If you are too rough taking it out, you might end up damaging the other pieces in the unit, or breaking the one you are removing.
Mold and Mildew
If you are storing furniture or mattresses in a region of the country where the climate is likely to wreak havoc on the material, then climate controlled storage is your best bet. However, if you are unable to secure a unit with climate control, or you are putting furniture into a unit that you have already rented and paid for, but does not have climate control, your items must go in covered. Mold and mildew can quickly take over any fabric in a unit, and nobody is going to want to use furniture or a mattress that is covered in green.
Termites love to make their homes within furniture. Termites are always a concern whenever you have wood around, and anyone who has seen the destruction that termites are capable of, knows they are no joke. Make sure you are covering any furniture going into self storage, especially if you know it is in an area where termites abound, to ensure that you are not providing a home for pesky termites.
Mattress and furniture storage requires some planning and some awareness of the risks involved, but, if you keep the above tips in mind, and ensure that you are not putting your mattresses and furniture in any unnecessary peril, you can put them into storage knowing they are well looked after and will be just as useful when you take them out.